Advance Statement

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A statement made by an adult at a time when he/she has the capacity to decide for himself/herself about the treatments he/she wishes to accept or refuse, in circumstances in the future when he/she is no longer able to make decisions or communicate his/her preferences
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The real-world uptake of PADs has been limited, despite the impetus of the PSDA, PAD legislation in 25 states, and the fact that all states allow advance statements for mental health in their health care decisions laws.
Fourth, various methods of declaring advance statements should be examined.
A typology of advance statements in mental health care.
Individual chapters within Part 2 investigate controlling symptoms and prolonging life (Chapter 5), resuscitation and advance statements (Chapter 6), assessment and treatment of psychosocial and spiritual problems (Chapter 7), and resource allocation (Chapter 8).
This communication expressly or implicitly contains certain advance statements concerning Intercell AG and its business.
The House of Lords Select Committee on medical ethics has concluded that 'it could well be impossible to give advance statements in general greater legal force without depriving patients of the doctor's professional expertise and of new treatments and procedures which may become available since the directive was signed.
In April, the British Medical Association (BMA) responded to the urging of the House of Lords Committee on Medical Ethics by publishing a new Code of Practice for health professionals, Advance Statements about Medical Treatment.
Although the new code recognizes the potential value of advance statements in other than end-of-life decisions, it does not specifically address such other examples as advance obstetric directives ("birth plans"), probably the most common form of advance directive made in Britain.
In common with the BMA, the commission defines incapacity as the inability to understand or retain information or to make or communicate decisions, and it too endorses the encouragement and enabling of advance statements (providing that they do not preclude basic care or unnecessarily endanger a fetus).
More information is available in an information sheet called Advance Decisions, Advance Statements And Living Wills which you can obtain from your local Age Concern or online at http://www.
Advance statements from his office about the visit indicate plans for a labor-sponsored campaign against Kaiser Permanente.
If you haven't made an advance decision or advance statement, health professionals make decisions based on the "best interests" and medical needs of the patient, in consultation with those closest to the patient, such as his or her partner (there have, however, been anecdotal cases of same-sex partners being excluded from consultation or access to information, and even being denied the right to visit a partner in hospital).